30 of New Mexico’s 33 Sheriffs oppose the new ‘red flag’ bill that was sent to Governor Lujan Grisham’s desk. The bill, referred to as SB 5, was the product of well funded anti-gun groups. On Tuesday, Gov. Grisham signed the bill into law.
The law will allow for courts to issue and enforce temporary gun seizures for a time period of up to one year. They’re typically sold to us as a tool to help police in certain situations where this may be the only solution they have that enables them to get around other laws. That should be a red flag right there.
Many of the state’s sheriffs have said they will not enforce the law. Governor Lujan Grisham weighed in on that take:
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“If they really intend to do that, they should resign as a law enforcement officer and leader in that community,” she said, as reported by ABC.
The Sheriffs argue that the bill won't help and, beyond that, is unconstitutional. Along with pro-gun groups, they say it's a slippery slope to outright confiscation. After all, it may only take one person's word to get you on a red flag order. Once on it, you could be restricted from having a gun for a full year. You'll also be added to the FBI background check to prevent you from purchasing one.
All of this without any conviction. You don't have to break a law to have your 2nd Amendment right stripped from you.
What's more is that statistics seem to show these red flag orders, that are supposed to be for 'rare' occasions, are becoming increasingly common.
For example, in Florida, where a seizure law was adopted in 2018, the law “has been applied more than 3,500 times,” the AP reports, noting that the pace of orders issued is “accelerating.”
So, who is behind this push in New Mexico? One group you may know of by now is 'Everytown', a group that is financed by Bloomberg. He's a gun grabber folks and he's got money to make it happen.
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